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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Gerow Murphy (1883-1971)

Pharmacist, municipal official, MP (1926), MP (1930-1935).

Born in Northumberland County, Ontario on 29 October 1883, son of Adolphus A. Murphy and Agnes A. Gerow, he was educated at county schools and the Manitoba College of Pharmacy. He came to Neepawa in 1911 to manage a pharmacy for the National Drug Company, which he purchased and operated on his own account the next year. On 17 July 1919, he married Lillian McKone (?-?) at Neepawa. He was a member of the Neepawa town council from 1921 to 1923, and Mayor of Neepawa in 1924. He was elected to the House of Commons for Neepawa in 1925. Defeated in 1926, he was re-elected in 1930, and defeated in 1935 and 1940. While in office he was a member of the Privy Council, Minister of the Interior, and Superintendent General of Indian Affairs. He died on 7 April 1971.

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

The Canadian Directory of Parliament, 1867-1967, edited by J. K. Johnson, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa [Library and Archives Canada], 1968.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 June 2017

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